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jeanius80
02-20-2007, 04:59 PM
no lys reall convienent. soooo...which would go to? :grphug:

brendajos
02-20-2007, 05:02 PM
well neither store, in my area, has a selection that makes me all that happy but if they were the only choices i had, i would go with michaels. their selection is a lot of fun fur and baby yarn but it is more broad than my Joann's is.

letah75
02-20-2007, 05:07 PM
Michael's has more of a selection of natural fibers (not that many, but some), Joann's sometimes has a better selection of colors. It depends on what type of yarn you are looking for.

syndactylus
02-20-2007, 05:09 PM
I would go straight to the internet!

the only thing any of the stores my mother took me to in (upstate) NY had was araucania nature wool. nice for felting, but it's not really shopping if you don't even get to pick??? (I don't count "fun fur" as yarn!)

Silver
02-20-2007, 05:13 PM
My Joann's has a MUCH bigger knitting section than Michaels. I don't know about others, but that's how it is here. But then, they're both in the same shopping center, so it doesn't really matter much.

TeenKnitter
02-20-2007, 05:19 PM
I would go to neither. Unfortunately, I have found that my area Joann's and Michael's have very disappointing yarn and knitting selection. Though there is an amazing Joann Fabrics in IL that I've been to. I loved that store.

Snugglebugmom
02-20-2007, 05:19 PM
I have a Michaels close by that has a decent yarn section, but Joann's has a lot more. Unfortunately I can't go there by myself, so I end up buying most of my yarn at Michaels. I think it depends on your area, the sizes of the stores and the sections they have seem to vary quite a bit.

bip
02-20-2007, 05:29 PM
Interesting! My Michael's has a much larger selection than my Jo-Ann's, though I have found that Jo-Ann has a better selection of needles and other accessories. Unless there is a sale, I try not to shop at either because I feel the yarn is overpriced relative to the quality. Nonetheless, an awful lot of Michael's/Jo-Ann yarn makes its way into my stash! :lol:

Annyka
02-20-2007, 07:35 PM
My local stores have different selections, so if I can't find it one place, I'll try the other -- A.C. Moore also has an even third set of things.

For price though, can't beat KnitPicks for comparable (or better!) pricing and definitely better fibers.

madametj
02-20-2007, 07:40 PM
i don't have a Joann's in my area (that i know of), but i do know that they have an online store, and Michaels doesnt (just a website). You may also want to check for a Hobby Lobby or A.C. Moore in your area. those are 2 more popular chain craft stores.

Quiltlady
02-20-2007, 07:56 PM
I have both stores but I rarely go to Michael's. I prefer ACMoore over Joanns for yarn.

simplethings
02-20-2007, 08:05 PM
while i prefer michael's in general the joann near me has 4 and a half aisles of yarn/knitting supplies where michael's only has 2. definitely a much larger selection.

CarmenIbanez
02-20-2007, 08:08 PM
My joann's has hardly any yarn. :shrug:

Webigail
02-20-2007, 08:20 PM
Joann's and Michael's are right across the street from each other, where I live. If I don't want to wait for my online stash to arrive, I go with which ever has the best sale.

Jan in CA
02-20-2007, 08:23 PM
My answer is "it depends"...on which store, etc.. If I go near home then the Michaels is better, but if I go a few extra miles the Joanns is better. You really need to check how they are in your area. :shrug:

Brrlracinbt
02-20-2007, 08:27 PM
Michaels in my area, however I prefer AC Moore to Michaels.

zkimom
02-20-2007, 08:54 PM
I vote a big neither also. I was at both Joann's and Michaels the other day and didn't see anything I would spend my money on.

Give me Little Knits or Webs anyday.

Best,
Susan (the yarn snob)

imported_Knitty_Kat
02-20-2007, 09:11 PM
I have a LYS that I love (but they are only open four days a week and they are only open 10am-4pm). I have a Michael's that is very close by that I will occasionally buy yarn at, but their prices are a bit higher than my local Wal-Mart. Their acrylic yarns are about .30 more per skein than Wally World. If I had to pick between Michael's and JoAnn, I would pick JoAnn simply because they have really awesome sales on yarn on a fairly regular basis and their selection is better than my Michael's; however, I prefer to patronize the local Hobby Lobby for yarn. They have smokin' hot sales (you just can't beat .99 sales!) and the most amazing selection of yarns I've ever seen.

madametj
02-20-2007, 09:42 PM
I have a LYS that I love (but they are only open four days a week and they are only open 10am-4pm). I have a Michael's that is very close by that I will occasionally buy yarn at, but their prices are a bit higher than my local Wal-Mart. Their acrylic yarns are about .30 more per skein than Wally World. If I had to pick between Michael's and JoAnn, I would pick JoAnn simply because they have really awesome sales on yarn on a fairly regular basis and their selection is better than my Michael's; however, I prefer to patronize the local Hobby Lobby for yarn. They have smokin' hot sales (you just can't beat .99 sales!) and the most amazing selection of yarns I've ever seen.

ohh, yes u can! :happydance: they had a .50 sale last time i was there :woot:

jeanius80
02-20-2007, 10:21 PM
wow :shock:
i didnt except so many responses! we ended up going to joanns, mom picked out burgandy acrylic for her scarf, and a white acrylic for her hat( i wanted to get some nice wool to try.. but she said she didn't like any.. too itchy :verysad: ). her choices. i got some patons to make little felted shoes for dd. wish me luck :pout: i think i am going to do the good ole cable scarf....

thanks agian for participating

Cristy
02-20-2007, 10:23 PM
In my area, we have a michael's and a joanns that are about equal when it comes to selection....that said--in a nearby city (about 10 miles away) there is a "super joanns" that has a huge selection of everything! I much prefer a lys but if I had to choose.....Joann's it'd be.

hydeemarie
02-20-2007, 10:44 PM
I would go straight to the internet!

the only thing any of the stores my mother took me to in (upstate) NY had was araucania nature wool. nice for felting, but it's not really shopping if you don't even get to pick??? (I don't count "fun fur" as yarn!)
ditto!! but if not, then go to Joanns!!! :heart: :heart:

Jax3303
02-21-2007, 08:46 AM
in different areas of the country, Both Joanns and Michaels have vastly different selections in stores. Here, they both have about the same stuff. I shop at Michaels to use my employee discount when I want to use a cheap yarn.